How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop (Video)

Making Wire Jewelry with Rena
video by Rena Klingenberg.

The easy way to make a wrapped wire loop – an important technique for making high-quality, durable jewelry.

Supplies

For this wrapped wire loop practice session, you’ll need:

  • A piece of wire that’s 4 to 6 inches (10.16 to 15.24 cm) long. In this video I’m using 20-gauge round soft copper wire. Since this is a practice project, there’s no need to use expensive wire like sterling or 14k gf.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Chain nose pliers.

Why Make Wrapped Wire Loops
Instead of Plain Wire Loops?

plain wire loop compared to wrapped wire loop

Left: Plain wire loop.
Right: Wrapped wire loop.

A wrapped wire loop can’t come open accidentally, so it’s much more secure than a plain wire loop.

I always use wrapped loops when I make jewelry, unless the wire I’m using is too thick to wrap or there’s a specific reason for using a plain wire loop that can come open again.

It takes only a few extra seconds to make a durable, professional-looking wrapped loop instead of a plain loop.

I think it’s worth that small amount of extra time to make higher quality jewelry components.

See More Videos on
Ways to Make Wire Loops:

How to Attach a Wrapped Wire Loop to Another Jewelry Component (Video)

How to Make a Plain Wire Loop (Video)

wrapped wire loop video by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components Class In my Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components video class, you’ll learn how to get great ideas for wire jewelry designs – and then follow my easy system for turning those ideas into successful pieces of jewelry.

By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.

 

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Comments

  1. Pascha Lee says:

    Rena, thank you so much for this tutorial. I will start to incorporate this into my earring making. I have plenty of wire I can practice with. Will get started asap! Thanks, again.

  2. Sherry Hooker says:

    Rena, I love this site and your simple tutorials! I’m new to jewelry making and trying to follow some of the tutorials on YouTube, made me feel very inadequate. You have helped me to realize, “I can do it.” Thanks so much.

  3. I love making wrapped loops. I love how luxe wrapped loops can make a piece of jewelry look and feel. However, I tend to be heavy handed with the chain nose pliers when it comes to tucking in that little cut end after I’ve made the wraps. (I’m a loop smoosher.)

    So I actually use my crimp plier in the same way I would with a crimp cover to squeeze, shape and tuck the wire nicely around the bottom of the wraps.

    Alicia – JMJ Content Specialist

  4. Rena, I’ve been making jewelry since the 1970′s, but have always used the plain loop. Your tutorial is just what I needed to start making the wrapped loop. I’ve tried figuring it out on my own, but until following your tutorial, mine always looked a bit sloppy. Thank you for help!

    Phyllis Schreiber

  5. Maritza Schwindt says:

    Thank you Rena for the tutorials that you make seem so simple. I have just recently begun to try jewelry making and you have helped me see that even I can do this. Thanks so much.

    Maritza Schwindt

  6. Kevin Kamalu says:

    I’d sure enjoy another tutorial showing us how to connect the loop and coils to components and even other loop and coils without jump rings.

    Loved this one.

  7. Thank you all for your lovely comments! I’m so glad to hear how much this video helped you.

    Kevin, I really appreciate your suggestion for another video! I’ll definitely do that one. :)

  8. Great tutorial !!

  9. It’s beautiful! I love wrapped wire loops…. You make a very nice and even one….

    hugs x
    Crystelle

  10. I sometimes keep from more advanced beading because I haven’t taken the time to learn some of the detailed techniques. Thanks for sharing this video, it looks easier seeing you do it! Lisa

  11. Thank you for sharing this technique with us at TTF!

  12. Great tutorial and for sharing why you take that extra step in your jewelry making.

  13. Here’s the followup video Kevin suggested – How to Attach a Wrapped Wire Loop to Another Jewelry Component. I hope you find it helpful! :)

  14. Wonderful tutorial – Joining from Inspire me Monday

  15. Thank you for the video. I am going to use this for my earrings.
    Pinning to my DIY Jewelry board.

  16. Thanks for sharing this great technique at Mom’s Library!
    Be blessed,
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

  17. THANK YOU!!! The video is SOOOOO helpful!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

  18. This is a very useful tutorial. thanks for sharing!
    JoAnn

  19. Thanks for sharing! This would also be good for the loops I am making for my DIY Christmas ornaments.

  20. Rena this video was great! I have a Christmas project and i don’t have pins long enough but now I can do it :)

  21. Thank you Rena! I’m new to beading and this was very helpful!

  22. This is great! I’m just beginning to get into making jewelry and love any tips!

  23. Another great tutorial! Thanks for sharing on Eat Make Grow!

  24. Thank you so much for the information you share. Your kindness and graciousness radiates through your videos, and your experience and knowledge shine in your writing. I can’t wait to get my wire out!

  25. Thanks so much for sharing such a great tutorial.. it’s the worst when your loop lets go.. what a great solution! Thanks so much for sharing.

  26. Thank you Rena for this tutorial. I never thought about making these loops for extra security, rather only for prettiness. But you are right, they offer so much more secure closure.

  27. Kym Owens says:

    Rena your tutorials are great! So easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!

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